In most cases where a pass is caught by an ineligible receiver, it is usually because the quarterback was under pressure and threw it to an offensive lineman out of desperation. The rules on eligible receivers only apply to forward passes. Any player may legally catch a backwards or lateral pass.
Under almost all versions of gridiron football, offensive linemen cannot receive or touch forward passes, nor can they advance downfield in passing situations. To identify which receivers are eligible and which are not, football rules stipulate that ineligible receivers must wear a number between 50 and 79.
A quarterback may call out a number before the ball is snapped to audible the play. Now that offenses are so diverse, the number system is a way to check the play at the line of scrimmage. The quarterback will then echo it to the entire offense and then run the play.Aug 11, 2021
Interception. When a forward pass thrown by a player on the offense is caught by a defender, it is called an ‘interception’, or they ‘intercepted’ the pass. An interception is counted as a turnover for the offensive team and a takeaway for the defensive team.
Side snaps, in and of themselves, are legal as long as they comply with the requirements in 2-40-2. However, the “wrong ball” play is illegal. From a field goal formation, potential kicker A1 yells, “Where’s the tee?” A2 replies, “I’ll go get it” and goes legally in motion toward his team’s sideline.Oct 1, 2015
When watching NFL games, it’s common to hear the quarterback say White 80 before the ball is snapped. This can often be mistaken by viewers as “180”. Quarterbacks yell white 80 as a cadence to tell the center when to snap the football. When he says white 80, it lets the offense know he is…